Melbourne Doll Meetup

Every so often, the Melbourne based doll group I am a member of has meetups through out the year where doll hobbyists meet together to connect with each other.

I have not really been able to make it to many of these lately but I was fortunate that I was able to attend the meet up this past Saturday and also the previous one in January. Almost everyone brings at least a few of their BJD (although other dolls are welcome in our group) and some people bring a larger number.

I’m terrible at remembering to take photos, but I will share a few pictures that feature my newest BJD, Wave (Nothing Sapiens INO). The below pictures are either taken by me or from a fellow doll group friend and posted with permission.

 

Wave - Nothing Sapiens INO

Wave – Nothing Sapiens INO, picture provided by @ravenmadgeo

 

Pariah - Fifth Motive Venitu

Pariah – Fifth Motive Venitu. Follow @ravenmadgeo on Instagram for more BJD content

 

Sherry - Doll Leaves Amara

Sherry – Doll Leaves Amara

 

Lividian - Fairyland Alicia

Lividian – Fairyland Alicia (holding Haze, my Nothing Sapiens INO kid)

 

Ahem.

 

BJD, Monster High, Ever After High, Pullip, Catwalk Kitties, Disney, Novi Stars with a few Barbies.

21/11/2015

My third collection video, the last one done in 2012.
I have 99% of my collection on display – I have Living Dead Dolls, Lala minis and some Novi Stars packed away.

I accidentally left out my Doll Chateau Russell and Catastophe (Monster High) – There is always someone who doesn’t make it to the party on time. XD

I also could really use risers in my shelves. Without the lights hooked up it is way to hard to make out the dolls in the back.

Music is by Jonathan Coulton
http://www.jonathancoulton.com/

Recorded on an iPhone 6s

2015

So since April last year, huh? I’m still around, very silently lurking. My life is just hectic and exhausting and I don’t see it calming down any time soon.

So to say sorry, here is a picture of my current Soom Super Gem girls – only two real sculpts between them (Galena and Migma). The WS floating Galena head should actually have a body within the next month or two.

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From left to right: Galena Deity Pitta Grey Skin (in Galena Sweet Witch outfit), Migma Rauco of Sin Violet Skin (full set), Galena Sweet Witch Normal Skin on Vesuvia scorpion body (in Hansel and Gretel – Sweet Witch Biweekly outfit), Migma human Violet Skin (Kawaiimon hoodie) and finally Galena Deity Pita White Skin (who will be on an Amphibel body in the Cinderella outfit).

My life should calm down in November – Soooo far away.

SOOMed – so sue me.

Way back in February (Gee I’m bad at updating this blog) I was complaining that I had acquired another Galena head, but had not even given the normal skin one a body yet…

…Well finally I have. She even rocks the Vesuvia tail nicely. So here we have Belle the normal skin SO Sweet Witch Galena who wears the Hansel and Gretel – Sweet Witch Bi Weekly outfit next to Pandora the grey skin MD Deity Pitta who wears the SO Galena Sweet Witch outfit.

I cheeped out and got an older second hand body for her.  I was going to go for a new body to try to resin match better but there is so much variance from batch to batch in SOOM’s normal skin I decided not to worry too much. Overall it gives her a slightly flushed look in pictures but it isn’t as obvious in person and if I were to try to find a perfect match in bodies I may be at it for a while.

So while Belle still needs some boots, I am free to focus on getting a body for my white skin Galena, and to decided if I want her to have fantasy parts. Hooves maybe?

Or rather, I should be. I’m not though. I’m not, because SOOM ran a lottery. And I won.

Let me explain something – when a BJD company runs a lottery, the winner tends to not get a doll for free. What they actually win is a chance to buy a doll at full price. This time, the prizes were limited dolls SOOM had left over from 2011 for what ever reason (most due to people defaulting on payments). There were only one each of certain dolls, and there were up to 11 to 12 of others. In fact there were 18 light violet Arkrose. The dolls I were interested in though were light violet Migma (4 dolls available) and magenta Aenigma (only 2 dolls available).

Now, SOOM has four different websites (English, European, Japanese and Chinese) and everyone from all four sites were competing for the chance at the same dolls. So when I entered for both Aenigma and Migma on the Friday and watched the applications rise to 400+ over the weekend on the English site alone, I pretty much figured I had a snowflakes chance in hell at winning either. I mean, if we assume that each of the four sites had the same amount of applicants then that means there were most likely 1000+ applicants for these dolls.

In fact I was so sure I wasn’t going to have to spend big bucks come the Tuesday I happily went out MH hunting and found Catty Noir for the deplorable amount of $50. Which I bought but did feel the need to complain loudly to anyone that would listen about the price.

Tuesday comes along, I find out I’ve won the chance at not one, but both dolls I’ve applied for.

I’m completely happy I finally have two dolls I’ve wanted for ages coming home, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t think I’ll be making many new dolly purchases until next year – WS Galena is just going to have to wait.

Not the time to lose one’s head…

Austin Powers anyone?

That’s not the way to get ahead in life.

….

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Okay so, I can’t stop quoting Austin Powers when I see these two anyway. Yes, that is another Galena head. This time white skin and I haven’t got a body sorted for the normal skin one yet. White!Galena needs a little bit of fixing. She’s lost one of her head cap magnets, I’m not sold on the face-up one of her previous owners gave her and I’ve given her two odd Volks metallic eyes to work out what her preferred eye colour is (my Volks Metallics obsession is big enough for another post).

I have also in transit a NS Vesuvia tail which I will give to one of these girlies when they get a body, and I’m currently doing my best to ignore the fact this year’s Soom limited line is based on fairytails. The Beast doll they’ve put out already is amazing and I can already tell the “Beauty” doll is going to be just as stunning.

My first actual ‘in person’ dolly purchase of 2013 however is not BJD related, but Monster High. I’ve done a good job so far of not buying Monster High dolls, already skipping the Dot Dead Gorgeous line, the 5 pack of skull shores and other non-unique dolls. Cams are something else, and I found some of the new ones. In Australian stores. Booya!

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From left to right:

Ice Girl – My least favourite of the four. I love her ice legs for sure, but having translucent legs, an opaque face and transparent everything else without some sort of graduation between the three (like with Spectra white paint for instance) isn’t working in her favour. Her wig is shocking as is typical with most the CAM wigs, although mine has a really wonky fringe cut where it is way longer on her left side than her right. Her saving grace was the fact I could dress her in Abbey’s I Love fashion gear.

Blob Girl – Ice Girl’s counter part is the winner of the two for me. Even though she is the same with translucent legs, opaque face and transparent thighs, arms and torso the glitter all over her body helps unify her. She has a gorgeous button nose and on her forearms she has little slimy goo “drips”. Her head piece is fantastic and a better idea executed than any of the CAM wigs to date. She makes me want to go watch The Blob again actually, I haven’t seen it in so long…

Gorgon – She’s a lot more monster than the Gorgon from the main doll line, Deuce, and her hair is way more impressive.  No glasses though, as she doesn’t have ears so I guess she can control her stoning powers better than him? Or she can’t and doesn’t care? Either way, she’s my favourite of the four. She has scales all over her including her belly – which is something she even has over Dragon Girl. I wasn’t taken with her simple purple scale dress, so I had heaps of fun creating an outfit for her instead. Dragon Girl skirt and top, with spare Toralei shoes, pants and jacket. It kinda works with all the orange in her face-up.

Mummy Girl – She can be described as…decent. Which is not bad, but not great either. Nothing about her wows me, I just like her because there is nothing really wrong with her. I even got one with a pretty decent wig. The wrapping on her legs, arms and torso are lightly stained with gold here and there, but is mostly grey to match the colour of her face. Her eye make-up is nicely painted and her eyes themselves are a striking aqua. Her pink hieroglyph dress is lovely, and her shoes are nice too. She’s just nice. That’s it.

It comes to my attention as I write this I haven’t posted about the Vampire, Gargoyle and Puma boys, or the Ghost. Perhaps I will as I hunt for Harpy and Siren.

And just because it wouldn’t be in character to not notice, here are the shoes included with both CAM packs:

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Box Prisons

I am a de-boxer. What this means is that when I get a brand new doll, instead of keeping them ‘MINT’ I free them from their box prison. It may devalue the doll in the long run but hey, I collect these dolls for me and have no plans to sell them anyway.

I got these in the mail yesterday from Pullip Style and as of today, they are still in their boxes. Why is this? Well, I’m out of room. Not for the dolls (I’m always struggling for room on them, hah!) but for their boxes. I’ve never kept a Monster High doll box, never felt the need. Pullip boxes though, I have kept every single one. They live in the cupboards under the display curio and the cupboards are now officially bursting.

I can’t bring myself to throw them out. I like their shininess and their unique patterns. They also proved themselves to be invaluable when I moved house and I needed to transport a whole heap of dolls safely. What this means for me is that now to help store them I’m going to have to flat pack them all – which means yay, it will free up more room.

I trashed the Catwalk Kitty boxes, the MH boxes…the one Disney doll I own her box was thrown away. Yet Pullip boxes get to stay. BJD boxes get to stay because they are great in storing spare resin pieces, but do I really need to keep every single one? Not all are as great as a Fairyland box. Living Dead Doll boxes stay too but hey, those coffins are cool.

Just something for me to think about while I get to flat packing. Why is it expected you keep some doll boxes and not others?

Violet and Clover

Ante made it here safely over the weekend, was promptly re-named Violet and her sister Darjeeling claimed Clover.

I’m ever so grateful for all the lovely warm clothes Miri and Wendy sent along, as none of the clothes I have bought for the pair have arrived yet so both were stuck for things to wear.  Violet’s wig is lovely and suits her perfectly which is great, because their wigs haven’t arrived either! I think I’ll let her keep this one and Clover can have her choice of the others when they arrive.

The pixie siblings have taken to hanging out at the Coffin Bean (my desk) drinking their favourite thick shakes and listening to those strange Monster High dolls talk about “fearleading” and “Justin Biter”. What ever those things are. The pixies think they sound super boring I’m sure.

They’ve taken a special liking to Harriet, who is the smallest BJD here next to them. Harriet’s favourite book, The Secret Garden, was a present from Miri and Wendy…last year I think? They much prefer this book than the ones those teen monster’s call “Biteology homework”.

Thank-you again Wendy and Miri for being such cool people (and pixies) and selling me Violet! She’s fitting right in!

No Dolls Fail

During the start of last week, this year’s Pullip and Taeyang SDCC exclusives were revealed to be Wonder Woman and Batman – while I suspect Batman will start to grow on me, for the immediate future I was safe. Or so I thought I was, until I noticed that 2011 SDCC Batgirl was dicounted over at Pullip Style. With Regen Paja on preorder, paid for by my OH for our anniversary (so I hadn’t broke my self imposed no doll rule yet) I messaged the good folk at Pullip Style to ask about adding Batgirl to my order.

They said yes (because they are awesome folk) and now I have Batgirl coming home to hang out with my Wonder Festival Catwoman. No worries I thought, it’s just one doll, the hiatus can officially start from now.

On Friday, Wendy and her pal Miranda were rehoming some second hand dolls, one of which was a Puki Ante. I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if Darjeeling could have a twin sister? I dropped Wendy and Miri a message about Ante and was told I was second in line for her, they were waiting to hear back from interested party #1. I figured I was out of luck, and just as well, as I was on a doll hiatus.

So of course Wendy got back to me to tell me Ante was mine, and she could be here as early as Tuesday (which is tomorrow actually, but I won’t hold my breath for Australia Post.) Completely ecstatic I was getting an Ante at a great price I realised that she would be my second wardrobe challenged puki so I picked out two cute outfits from etsy.

“Ok Self”, I tell myself. “No more!”

Having been invited to a 50th Birthday in a week, I needed to go shopping to find an outfit (Birthday gal has requested everyone wear navy blue for her theme, and the only navy blue clothing I own would be my work uniform) so off I trot to the local shopping centre. Keep in mind, that as it’s nearing the end of financial year all the majors are competing with their toy sales. I came home with these four:

…and no outfit.

I really suck at this no dolls thing. Seriously, no more from Now!

Beryl – Dark Moon

My NS Galena head is on her way to me finally, and the news of her impending arrival comes the same day Soom has decided to release Dark Moon Beryl – a tan SO. I’ve always been a big fan of Beryl, I personally thought she would have looked great as a PokeSoom on a Vesuvia body and if my heart didn’t belong to another Soom sculpt I would be right there refreshing for her at 5 pm.

Word on the street is she will probably be sold out within about 30 seconds.

The sale of a tan SO though brings with it the speculation that Soom may be releasing more of  their older monthly dolls in tan and this leaves me feeling hopeful. I may have missed out on a bronze Galena, but perhaps there is a chance I will get a brown tan one – which is a colour I would much prefer anyway.

Only time and Soom stalking will tell!